• "This research sought to determine whether or not futures methods are scalable and applicable to individual lives. Could the same futures methods that are used effectively around the world by governments, institutions and businesses be applied successfully to individuals? This paper describes the development of a futuring process for individuals. This system substantially reduces complexity and guides individuals through the steps of personal research, scenario development, and personal strategic planning. Post-doctoral experience suggests some effective learning approaches."
  • "Although the methods of the discipline of Foresight and Futures Studies are recognized and accepted around the world, the concepts and practice have not been applied to individual lives in any appreciable numbers. The complexity of the futuring process appears to be the primary barrier to applying futures method to individual lives. This research seeks first to reduce the complexity barrier by identifying foreknowns in human life, the elements of life that can be reasonably anticipated. Three categories of foreknowns emerged during the research: 1) Life stages, which provide time frames and images of the future; 2) Personal domains, representing the forces within life; 3) Major life events, the indicators of change or transformation. These foreknowns, when combined, form a framework of information from which an individual can explore and prepare for the future using recognized futures methods such as scenario development and strategic planning."
  • “PFP is an evolving structure for helping you examine where you are now, and to develop a plan or map which shows the way to a self-determined future. It is a design tool for identifying and infusing the positives in our lives and minimizing the negatives. It provides a template for designing a successful life journey. It may make the difference between just existing and real living, depending on our willingness to step out in directions we set for ourselves.”
  • Personal Futures Planning is different than most planning meetings for people with disabilities simply because it is voluntary for everyone involved." It is conducted informally, and "planning is done with the individual and his or her family, instead of for them." Personal Futures Planning is successful because the action taken is done in small and easily achievable steps. Because the goals are not overwhelming, the group immediately achieves some success.
  • "Personal futures planning is two things. It is a plan, and it is a problem solving process. It begins with a small group of people who get together and brainstorm to develop strategies for success for a person with disabilities. From these strategies they take action to accomplish positive changes for the person with whom they are concerned…. Personal futures planning is a reflection of a changing belief system regarding individuals with disabilities. In the past, people with disabilities were often ignored and had all of their decisions made for them. We now realize that this will not work. If plans are to be made for a person, that person should be involved in the making of that plan, and the plan should revolve around the focus person’s wants and desires. This is exactly what personal futures planning is all about."